The best part about filming a farm with a fully urban crew is watching the amazement in their eyes when the most simple farming practices are shown to them.
As someone who has grown up in the city, I too have some of the same fascination for many of the things we have seen while filming “Before the Plate.” Filming almost 10 different operations in the first phase of this documentary has taken us to some amazing places, and Gary’s potato farm was definitely one of them. We found a potato farmer who was willing to be in the film through Earthfresh, the processor we were working with in the film.
In an almost “too good to be true” moment, we called Gary while we were on location for another shoot that morning, and we were filming at his farm by the afternoon. No questions asked — he welcomed us onto his operation during the busy planting season because he was excited to be a part of something that had a message he believed in.
This project has had its struggles, but moments like this make it all worth it and remind us why we are helping farmers. This clip embodies the beauty and photography we captured on the farm as well as the interactions with Gary explaining how he grows potatoes.